Sorkinisms II: Not for Nothing

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A year ago, TV fans were treated to a gift -- Sorkinisms, a supercut created by Kevin Porter combining the many bits of dialogue reused by TV/film writer Aaron Sorkin. The point wasn't to say Sorkin was bad; instead, it was to celebrate his use of unusual phrases like "not for nothing" (who says that?), "I hate your breathing guts" (?!), and other such quirks he put in the mouths of pretty much all his characters. And now, dear Internet, Porter has brought us Sorkinisms II, an extension of the theme, extending beyond reused phrases/dialogue passages and into entire scenes that seem to play out in multiple Sorkin shows. Gather ye rosebuds and watch:

According to Porter, this includes scenes from:

Malice
A Few Good Men
The American President
Sports Night
The West Wing
Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip
Charlie Wilson's War
The Social Network
The Newsroom

But, having watched it, I think there are at least two other sources: the video for "Whoomp! (There It Is)" and a commencement speech by Sorkin. See if you can spot 'em. And if you're wondering about Porter's motives for editing together something so wonderfully complex, read his note explaining these videos.

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July 14, 2013 - 2:32pm
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